Daily Mail | March 8, 2019
Christians are facing an alarming rise in persecution, a church group has warned, as it reveals the most dangerous countries in the world to worship the religion.
The international Open Doors organisation has updated its World Watch List of the 50 most dangerous countries to be a Christian.
It expressed concern at the increased strength of Islamic militant groups in countries like Somalia, Libya and Yemen and warned that as extremists were driven out of the Middle East almost 30 fundamentalist groups were relocating to sub-Sharan Africa.
But Syria, where ISIS is close to defeat after eight years of sectarian conflict that has impacted on the country’s ancient Christian community, dropped to 11 on the list. Neighbouring Iraq was at number 13.
The group said Nigeria and Pakistan saw the highest levels of violent persecution of Christian.